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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Innovative Locomotion
Ann R. Thryft   7/7/2014 12:07:20 PM
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I agree, Greg. Although FlipperBot is a pure R&D project and aimed more at biosciences than engineering applications, it will be interesting to see how much further the locomotive concept is developed.

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Re: NAUTICAL ROBOTS
Ann R. Thryft   7/7/2014 12:05:17 PM
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Thanks for that interesting input, bobjengr. There are tons of nautical ROVs, and some AUVs, made specifically for oil & gas applications, usually for use in conjunction with divers instead of to replace them. If your sister-in-law's sister's husband isn't using these already, he probably will be soon.

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Innovative Locomotion
Greg M. Jung   7/4/2014 3:52:23 PM
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From an locomotion perspective, I thought FlipperBot had an innovative method of movement over granular surfaces.  Interesting how this was inspired by the movement of turtles.

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NAUTICAL ROBOTS
bobjengr   7/2/2014 5:19:18 PM
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Ann--excellent post.  My sister-in-law has a sister whose husband works as a diver in the Gulf of Mexico.  His job is to inspect and repair, when necessary, "Texas Towers". In talking with him on several occasions, the risks involved are significant and very dependent upon weather conditions and water turbulence in the Gulf.  They were extremely busy as a result of the BP spill.  Every tower within a certain radius of the spill had to be inspected.  I have sent him this link.  It's very timely and very informative.  It's amazing to me the marvelous uses robotic systems have found and the work they are doing.  Great post. 

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Re: OpenRov Bot
Ann R. Thryft   7/1/2014 4:53:22 PM
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mrdon, please keep sharing your knowledge and experience. It's usually *not* something I already know about! (and thanks for the kind words).

mrdon
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Re: OpenRov Bot
mrdon   7/1/2014 4:41:53 PM
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Ann,

Ok. I'm glad to know my thinking was not off by submitting the OpenRov link. I should have known you covered it in a previous article: your work is wonderful to read and quite informative. Keep up the Great Work!!!

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Re: OpenRov Bot
Ann R. Thryft   7/1/2014 1:23:38 PM
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mrdon thanks for sharing that link. We actually covered OpenROV in the last nautical robot slideshow, but it's sure worth talking about it again.

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OpenRov Bot
mrdon   7/1/2014 11:51:38 AM
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Ann,

Its amazing to see the numerous applications robots are being used to extend human capabilities. The slide deck was fascinating to view. Its quite interesting to see the varous designs and functions used to explore our waters for solutions like oil spills. Besides professional scientists and engineers developing underwater robots, the Maker community are contributing to this exploration activity. There is an open source kit called "OpenRov" that allow individuals to explore the waters using a DIY kit. A byline from their website states the purpose of the project and the kit below.

"OpenROV is a DIY community centered around underwater robots for exploration & adventure. We're a group of amateur and professional ROV builders and operators from over 50 countries who have a passion for exploring the deep."

On the OpenRov website you'll find documentation, an acitve forum, a blog, and a video showing the OpenRov in action.

OpenRov:

http://openrov.com/

 

 



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